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What If I Am Being Abused

Make sure you and your children are physically safe. Some safety tips to consider for your safety plan:

  • Practice how to get out of your home safely;

  • Have a bag packed ready;

  • Make up a code word to use with your children, family, friends, and neighbours when you need the police;

  • Always try to take your children with you or make arrangements to leave them with someone safe;

  • Inform your children’s school or day care about who has permission to pick up your children;

  • Open a savings account in your name to start to establish or increase your independence;

  • Have copies of important documents (ex. Birth Certificates, Health cards for you and your children, SIN, immigration papers, or other legal papers such as custody papers) in a safety deposit box or with a friend;

  • If you have pets, consider safety options for them;

  • Look at options for safety – Women’s Shelter, a friend, family, neighbour, motel, etc.

  • Know that you are not responsible for the abuse;

  • Understand that the abuse and violence are not likely to stop without intervention.

  • Talk to someone you trust about what is going on – secrecy gives abuse more power.

  • Care for yourself – anything that you can do to enhance your physical or psychological health will assist you to get through the difficult times

  • Spend time with healthy people. Even if they cannot help you directly

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